Apply to join a select cohort of open-minded and impact-driven young leaders from across the globe.

Our admissions process is designed to identify curious and courageous students who are committed to solving our shared global challenges. Join this changemaking community and together learn from impactful leaders, instructors, mentors — and each other.




1. Submit your Application

Apply online in just 1-2 hours. The application includes uploading a short video response, so make sure you have a stable wifi connection.


2. Receive Admissions Decision

Admissions decisions are released in two batches corresponding with the two application deadlines:

  • Sept 26-27: admissions decisions for priority deadline applicants
  • Oct 19-20: admissions decisions for final deadline applicants

If your application is accepted, you’ll receive an email invitation to the student portal for the next steps.


3. Clearance Process

Once accepted, you will have 1 week to complete the clearance tasks in the student portal. The clearance deadlines are: 

  • Oct 5: clearance due date for priority deadline applicants
  • Oct 28: clearance due date for final deadline applicants


To complete the clearance process, you’ll need to:

  • Fill out the online Health History Forms
  • Complete the Technology Check 
  • Submit the Financial Aid Application if you’d like to be considered for aid
  • Take a short English Language Assessment if you are not a native or fluent English speaker
  • Confirm that you have applied for or already have a valid passport


Note: To pass clearance and proceed in the admissions process you must complete these steps within the deadline and meet the necessary clearance requirements. 


4. Receive Offer Letter

Once our team has approved your clearance materials, we’ll send your official offer letter via a DocuSign email. Your offer letter will include your tuition/financial aid package.


5. Enroll in Take Action Lab!

Complete the following enrollment steps within 10 days to officially join Take Action Lab:

  • Both you and your parent/guardian will need to sign your offer letter in Docusign
  • Pay your deposit (if applicable)
  • Select your course time for the virtual training




Selection Criteria

Our admissions process is designed to select and bring together the most promising young students of the new generation – individuals who will inspire change during the program and beyond. Coming from diverse backgrounds and countries across the world, what these young changemakers have in common is curiosity, empathy, and a drive to make an impact.


Essential Eligibility Criteria

The Essential Eligibility Criteria are an overview of the requirements for the program, and applicable for all participants.  These requirements are meant to identify the basic and fundamental elements of participation.

The well being of participants and staff, and the facilitation of an impactful learning experience with all participants are top priorities at Global Citizen Year. The virtual and in-person environments that Global Citizen Year program participants interact in can be dynamic, and physically and emotionally challenging. The educational and experiential activities conducted require each participant to be fully reliable, committed to and capable of working hard, taking responsibility for themself, and working effectively to achieve the goals of the program and the group. 

If you have questions or concerns about the applicant’s ability to meet the criteria, please contact Global Citizen Year to determine if the program can meet your needs.


1. Submit your Application

You can submit your application through our website! It only takes about an hour to complete and you can save it to come back to continue working on it.

We recommend completing the application on a computer but a smartphone can work as well! Please make sure you are using a strong and stable wifi connection as you will be asked to upload a 2-3 minute video.

2. Receive Admissions Decision

Your admissions decision will be made within five business days of submitting your application. If your application is rejected, unfortunately, that is the end of the application process. If you are accepted you will begin the clearance process! You will gain access to your student portal via email which will have more information on the next steps.

3. Clearance Process

In this stage, you will be required to complete up to three tasks. The purpose of these tasks is to make certain that you are able to successfully complete and engage with the Academy programming. After being accepted, you will have one week to complete your clearance work in the Student Portal.

  • Systems Check: Everyone is required to complete the systems check. This is done to make sure that your computer’s processing speed will be able to handle the course load the Academy requires.
  • Language Assessment: If you noted on your application that you are NOT a fluent or native English speaker, you will be asked to complete a short Language Assessment that will be linked to your student portal.
  • Financial Aid Application: If you requested to apply for financial aid on your application then you will find the internal Global Citizen Year financial aid form on your student portal. You will need to submit the financial aid form as well as supporting documents.

Note:To continue on this admissions process you must complete these steps within the 7-day deadline and you must meet the necessary requirements of the Language Assessment and/or Systems Check. Please contact the admissions team about a possible deadline extension or extenuating circumstances.


4. Enrollment

Once you’ve made it to this stage you are only two steps away from officially enrolling in the Academy! Here are the two steps you will need to complete within one week of receiving them:

  • Completing your DocuSign: You will be emailed your tuition/financial aid package through DocuSign. You will need to read through your DocuSign, pay your deposit (if applicable), and sign. After you sign it will be emailed to your parent/guardian to be signed.
  • Registering for your Course Time: You will be able to register for course times through your student portal. You can edit your schedule until August 4th or until a class time is full.


5. Congratulations!

Once you have completed all the stages above you will be officially registered for the Global Citizen Year Academy! If you have outstanding tuition you will need to complete your payment by August 15th. Once registered, you will then begin receiving communications from our Programs team about the Academy leading up to the start of the semester!


Tuition for Global Citizen Year Academy is $5,000 USD. The tuition amount is inclusive of the $500 deposit. Tuition will be invoiced through Quickbooks and can be paid on-line. We accept the following forms of payment:

  • Cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, and Apple Pay)
  • Bank Transfer




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